To cover for lost tax revenues, local governments will fire nearly 500,000 workers in the coming year, according to a national survey of counties and cities released Tuesday.
The National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that 270 local governments planned to collectively lay off 8.6 percent of their workforce from the previous fiscal year to the next one. That percentage of all local public sector workers across the country amounts to 481,000 people. The report's authors expect local governments to make even more spending cuts in the near future.
"Local governments across the country are now facing the combined impact of decreased tax revenues, a falloff in state and federal aid and increased demand for social services," the report notes.
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Answer by happy2bmom25 at 10:42 AM on Jul. 28, 2010
270 local ...collectively lay off 8.6 percent of their workforce ....across the country amounts to 481,000 people...
270 local, not state, local will lay off 8.6% equaling 481,000 people. These have to been very large municipalities. How many of the "laid off" are natural attrition of retirees, jobs ending, and just not re-hiring?
Answer by jesse123456 at 11:03 AM on Jul. 28, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:40 PM on Jul. 28, 2010
Here in our area (unemployment is +17%) the nearest large city has tried to cut wages, freeze pay, added furlough days, and what happened: the fire/police unions have sued the city. Everybody wants the governments, large and small, to live within whatever funds they receive but they agree only so long as it isn't any kind of cut that effects them personally. Example: the local library was facing large budget defficet, solution early retirement, a few lay-offs and reduced hours and services; public reaction: protesters in front of every library the city had, whining about "it's not fair" "find the money somewhere else", no congrats for balancing a budget, just bitching cause they were going to lose "their" library services.
When are people gonna wake up and realize we can't have everything we demand from our government.
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